Gov. McAuliffe vetoes three bills that would make it more difficult to vote

Monday, March 27, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed three pieces of legislation that, rather than improving election integrity, could impede eligible Virginians from voting. Senate Bill 1253 This bill requires the state to make significant and costly changes to the existing voter registration database that will not improve election integrity. No funding is provided for localities to obtain […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes five firearms bills

Friday, March 24, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed five pieces of legislation that would further weaken the Commonwealth’s gun safety laws and put Virginians at risk. House Bill 1852 House Bill 1852 would provide that for a period of 45 days after the issuance of a protective order the individual seeking the protective order may lawfully carry a […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe vetoes six bills that undermine public education

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed six pieces of legislation that would undermine support for Virginia’s public education system. House Bill 1400 Governor Terry McAuliffe vetoed House Bill 1400, which would create a new executive branch agency known as the Virginia Virtual School. This entity, governed by an independent policy board, would facilitate the provision of […]

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Discrimination against same-sex couples vetoed by Gov. McAuliffe

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed Senate Bill 1324 sponsored by Sen. Charles Carrico, Sr, It  would shield from civil liability those who actively discriminate against same-sex couples. I vetoed this exact same bill last year, and my rationale for that veto remains the same. Although couched as a “religious freedom” bill, this legislation is nothing more than […]

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Seeking a Roanoke City Democratic nomination? Contact the Chair please

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Roanoke City Democratic Committee announces a firehouse primary to select our nominees for the offices of Roanoke City treasurer, sheriff, commonwealth attorney and commissioner of the revenue from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Fitzpatrick Hall, Jefferson Center, 541 Luck Ave., Roanoke VA 24016 on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Nominees selected will be the […]

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Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Gov. McAuliffe proposes amendments to coal ash bill

Governor Terry McAuliffe released a statement today regarding his proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1398. Sen. Scott Surovell was chief sponsor of the bill which would place a temporary pause on the state permitting process for coal ash impoundment projects to allow for additional assessment regarding their impact on Virginia’s water quality and environment Gov. McAuliffe […]

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Gov. McAuliffe vetoes switchblades and knives to minors for sport

Monday, March 20, 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed Senate Bill 865, which would provide minors with easy and unrestricted access to lethal weapons. “Senate Bill 865, which would provide an exemption to the prohibition against furnishing specified types of knives to minors. Under the bill, such a transfer would be permissible if between family members or for the […]

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Rep. Griffith and Sen. Hatch introduce legislation for safe transport of firearms across states lines

Monday, March 20, 2017

Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) have introduced legislation to address a critical gap in U.S. law related to the transportation of firearms. Under current regulations, many law-abiding Americans unwittingly violate disparate rules governing the transportation of firearms across state lines.  Griffith and Hatch’s bills would amend the Firearm Owners Protection Act […]

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AG Herring and Frosh statement on appeal of preliminary injunction against revised travel ban

Friday, March 17, 2017

Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following joint statement regarding the Trump administration’s notice of appeal of the preliminary injunction granted in International Refugee Assistance Project et al v. Trump et al., which is challenging the constitutionality of President Trump’s revised travel ban: “Despite President Trump’s […]

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McAuliffe vetoes coal tax credit, local wage control, franchisee-franchisor bills

Friday, March 17, 2017

McAuliffe vetoes coal tax credit, local wage control, franchisee-franchisor bills

Governor Terry McAuliffe today vetoed House Bill 1394, which would categorically prohibit franchisees and their employees from being considered the employees of a franchisor. As proponents of this legislation have acknowledged, franchisees and their employees are not considered employees of the franchisor in typical franchisor/franchisee relationships. It would relieve these dominant franchisor/employers of the obligations […]

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Pres. Trump’s federal budget cuts in a nutshell

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Below is a list of potential impacts Donald Trump’s budget cuts could have on Virginians via Sen. Tim Kain press release: $2.6 billion (31%) cut to the Environmental Protection Agency could jeopardize: The Chesapeake Bay Program, which would be cut entirely under Trump’s budget. The program has reduced pollution, bolstered oyster and crab populations, and […]

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Sens. Warner, Kaine, Gov. Mcauliffe, Lt. Gov. Northam say Trump Admin budget hurts Virginia

Thursday, March 16, 2017

See details of Pres. Trump’s federal budget CLICK HERE. Governor Terry McAuliffe: “As we continue to assess the impact of President Trump’s budget proposal, which amounts to a $54 billion cut to non-defense programs, it is clear that this budget is more about keeping misguided political promises than creating opportunity for Americans or making them […]

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